(Posted Nov. 21, 2018)
By Amanda Ensinger, Staff Writer
Mount Sterling council is getting the word out about a new recycling option in the village.
“On the fourth Monday of every month, the village will be partnering with the Ohio Solid Waste District, the Pleasant Township Trustees and the United Church to offer complimentary recycling to residents,” said council member Becky Martin. “Taking place at the vacant lot on the corner of High and Columbus streets in Mount Sterling, residents can drop off a variety of their recyclables.”
From 9 to 11:30 a.m. on the designated Mondays, residents can drop off paper, newspapers, magazines, cardboard, aluminum cans, steel food cans, glass food bottles and jars and No. 1 and No. 2 plastic bottles and jugs.
“Please remember you cannot leave your recycling there if there is not an attendant to take it from you,” Martin said. “If you leave it there without someone there, that is breaking the law because that would be illegal dumping.”
Martin also stated that the collection site does not accept household hazardous waste, electronics, tires or other solid waste.
Improper disposal of garbage has been an ongoing issue in the village. The problem recently resulted in a backup on West Main Street, according to Courtney Bricker, fiscal officer and clerk of council.
“We had a sewer issue on West Main Street and taking care of that was a two-day event,” Bricker said. “We found a lot of items that were not disposed of correctly, including solution containers and a lot of disposable wipes. These materials will not break down in the sewer system and instead get lodged in there and that is what happened here.”
Bricker said the village will be opening other manhole covers to make sure items aren’t lodged in other parts of the sewer system.
Also during the meeting, council members thanked residents for showing support of veterans during the Veterans Day ceremony at the town gazebo. Residents can continue to show their support by purchasing bricks to be placed around the veterans monument at the gazebo. The bricks can be engraved with the names of veterans or current military service men or women, or with well wishes to regional military. The bricks come in two sizes, 4×8 inches for $50 and 8×8 inches for $100.